Amalfi Coast Road
Amalfi Coast comprises fifty twisting kilometers which hug the dramatically beautiful coastline and lead visitors to the picturesque towns of the Amalfi Coast in a series of spectacular hairpin bends.
Blossoming villages and breathtaking views, beaches, traditions, great music and good food are some of the expectations you can have as you travel along the State Road 163. SS163 connects Salerno with Sorrento on the two gulfs, in a unique position, between the gulfs of Naples and Salerno, in South West Italy. The SS163 runs for about 50 kilometers with curves that projects a precious and scenic lace, overhanging a turquoise sea. It has a single lane for every direction of travel, with stunning points of beauty. Here are some unmissable stages that justify a weekend, but also a long vacation.
VIETRI SUL MARE
From Salerno, only 5 km to the first stop of state road 163, there is Vietri sul Mare, a small center with a great name for its manufacture of pottery. The labs and the workshops are so many and it’s worth visiting many and then choosing the favorite designs and colors. Among the historical addresses, the Ceramic Artistic Solimene, opened since 1947, has a wide range of highly qualified products ranging from floor tiles and tables to flatware, pots and jugs, to lamps, in the blue, yellow and turquoise colors, typical of tradition.
In less than 6 km you will arrive at Cetara, a small fisherman’s village, famous for the precious and exquisite production of the slicing of anchovies, a liquid amber sauce obtained by placing the algae under salt and pressed into barrels. In any case, it is not easy to find the original product, but the taste of seasoned spaghetti is a true taste of the palate. In Cetara there are different food stores that sell it, such as Delfino Battista.
Little more than 9.5 km and you will arrive in Maiori, frequented by the amplitude of the beaches, rather rare along the coastal and one kilometer later you will arrive in Minori, where the stop becomes greedy and compulsory for the historic Sal De Riso pastry, overlooking the promenade in Cantilena Square. The delicate lemon, with a protected geographical indication and produced only here in the Amalfi Coast, is different from those of common lemon, and for the intense flavor that makes suit in many dishes of local cuisine as well as to produce the famous Limoncello.
Just 6 kilometers away from traffic, you will find this tiny medieval fishing village, one of the most beautiful in Italy to visit for the beauty of its town center, with covered lanes, courtyards, staircases and overpasses, with houses from the flowery balconies that rise from the beach along the rocky slopes of the hill to gather around the square. It is worth going up to the terrace of the Collegiata di S.M. Maddalena from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Gulf of Salerno.
From Atrani it rises inwards along 7.5 kilometers of curves. The high and strategic position of Ravello offers, according to many, the most beautiful panorama of Italy, the one at the end of the garden of Villa Cimbrone, the Terrace of Infinity, built at the most protruding point of the country. One tip: it is worth taking a coffee in the bar next to the belvedere, sitting in the tiny balcony where you can admire in solitude the beauty of so much scenery.
Noble, illustrious, rich, and opulent, Amalfi is the first of the maritime republics and still unmissable for the seafront, the most striking of the coast, and for the Duomo, the symbol of the town, with its imposing staircase and its Cloister of Paradise. Walking along the street Via dei Mercanti, you can stop for a seafood watered with a glass of wine. Among the exclusivity of Amalfi, the famous Charta Bambagina, is a special and precious type of paper produced by hand since the Middle Ages, using linen and linen rags, cotton and white hemp.
Just under ten kilometers, lies Positano, clinging to rock and terraces. The village has to be visited by walking slowly through the narrow lanes, along the steps guarded by the white walls of the houses, interrupted by gardens and cascades of bougainvillea and limestone pergolas. Shopping is among the musts of Positano: dozens of small and well-stocked stores that display dresses, shirts, trousers, knits in soft cotton, linen and silk fabrics, ceramics, jewelry and of course the famous handmade and custom made sandals at the moment.
How to Get In Amalfi?
Getting Around by Car on the Amalfi Coast
The “Amalfi Drive” has just one lane in each direction and is often very busy. Considering the traffic and the endless curves, we recommend maximum caution at the wheel.
Getting Around by Motorcycle and Scooter on the Amalfi Coast
A moped or motorcycle is by far the most pleasurable means of getting around the Amalfi Coast, allowing travelers to explore the area in complete freedom, without having to worry about getting stuck in traffic or where to park.
Getting Around by Public Transport on the Amalfi Coast
Buses operated by the Sita bus company run between all the towns along the Amalfi Coast. Although buses are frequent, the volume of traffic on the SS163 often means they do not run according to schedule. Be aware that buses do not run at night. You need to buy the ticket beforehand from any tabacchi store.